Evangelism vs. Missions

Southern Baptists contemplate unleashing the IMB at home. July issue.

For 164 years, the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention has focused on taking the gospel overseas.

But in May, the 16 million-member denomination’s Great Commission Resurgence Task Force recommended removing restrictions on the IMB’s missions work in the United States and Canada—long the territory of the convention’s North American Mission Board (NAMB).

Southern Baptists will consider the proposal at their annual meeting June 15 and 16 in Orlando, Florida.

“When the Southern Baptist Convention was founded, the world was rather easily divided into ‘home’ and ‘foreign’ missions,” the task force said in its report. “That world is gone. Now, with revolutions in transportation and the movement of peoples, the world has come to North America.”

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